Submissions

41st Vancouver International Film Festival

September 29 – October 9, 2022

Submissions are now open.

Festival Update – January 2022: At this time, we anticipate that the 41st edition of VIFF will see every one of our official selections screen in cinemas. A collection of titles will also be made available for online viewing. We’ll continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adapt our in-person events accordingly.

The annual Vancouver International Film Festival is a showcase of exceptional cinema in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. In 2022, VIFF will present approximately 120 features and 80 shorts and expand the frame with talks, conferences, performances and other unique events that celebrate film and film culture. At VIFF's 2021 edition, these events included our VIFF Leading Lights conversation between Kore-eda Hirokazu and Bora Kim, insightful talks with Jade Healy (The Green Knight) and Craig Zobel (Mare of Easttown), the VIFF Immersed Exhibition of narrative-driven XR, creative development opportunities like VIFF Labs and the VIFF Catalyst mentorship program, and the VIFF AMP Music in Film Summit.

VIFF is now accepting Canadian submissions of any genre for our 2022 festival.

Featuring an expansive, diverse collection of contemporary Canadian cinema, VIFF invites exciting new voices to share the spotlight with national treasures as we celebrate narratives that demonstrate originality, documentaries that change the way we see the world, and short films that push the form to its limits. Our 2021 edition featured 65 Canadian features and shorts playing in competition. 54% of those selections were by female filmmakers and 46% were by BIPOC filmmakers.

Canadian Submission Categories
  • Canadian Narrative Features:
    Open to narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, or screened in-person either at another festival or theatrically in the Vancouver area.
  • Canadian Documentaries:
    Open to nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, or screened in-person either at another festival or theatrically in the Vancouver area.
  • Canadian Shorts:
    Open to narrative and nonfiction films (including animation) with runtimes of 25 minutes or less directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing. VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.
Submission Deadlines & Fees
Deadlines Feature Films Short Films
Early Deadline: April 22, 2022 $35.00 USD $20.00 USD
Regular Deadline: May 27, 2022 $40.00 USD $25.00 USD
Late Deadline: June 10, 2022 $45.00 USD $30.00 USD

All submissions must be submitted through Film Freeway.

VIFF is now accepting international submissions from any genre for its 2022 festival.

VIFF takes great pride in championing international cinema's most exciting new voices, offering diverse programming and fostering enlightening dialogue. Furthermore, nonfiction filmmaking has long been one of the pillars of our programming and our short film programs showcase work from dozens of nations.

International Submission Categories
  • International Narrative Features:
    Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, or screened in-person either at another festival or theatrically in the Vancouver area.
  • International Documentaries:
    Open to non-Canadian nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, or screened in-person either at another festival or theatrically in the Vancouver area.
  • International Shorts:
    Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less. Short films must not have been screened either at another festival or publicly in the Vancouver area. VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.
Submission Deadlines & Fees
Deadlines Feature Films Short Films
Early Deadline: April 22, 2022 $50.00 USD $40.00 USD
Regular Deadline: May 20, 2022 $60.00 USD $45.00 USD
Late Deadline: June 3, 2022 $70.00 USD $50.00 USD

All submissions must be submitted through Film Freeway.

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